Tragic loss in Afghanistan

January 31, 2011 at 12:10 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Three staff from ICARDA’s Afghanistan office passed away on 13 January, in a car accident. Mr Shamsuddin Siddiqi, Monitoring and Evaluation Officer; Mr Gulojaan, Senior Technician / Site Coordinator; and Mr Abeerullah, Driver,  were returning to Kabul from a field visit to Mazar El-Sharif. All three joined ICARDA in 2002, when the Afghanistan office was established. They were key members of the ICARDA team, deeply committed to their work, and delivering outstanding results under extremely challenging conditions. The moral support the family has received – hundreds of visitors and messages of condolence from research and extension departments, government agencies, international organizations, farm communities and others – is a reflection of how highly their work was valued. Our thoughts are with the families. We pray the Almighty gives them strength to bear this terrible loss.

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